Kodi DSPlayer – DirectShow Player for Windows
KODI QUICK START GUIDE

I recommend installing Artwork Beef with any Kodi installation. TV show and movie scrapers will only download a basic poster and default background for each title. Artwork Beef can fill out the remaining artwork (fanart, logos, clearart, disc art, thumbs, character art, etc.) in your library. Many skins make use of this extra artwork, making this add-on a required addition for a complete visual experience.

Artwork Beef should run automatically after each title is scraped into the library and update existing titles as new artwork becomes available.

Complete artwork is downloaded via Artwork Beef:
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Instructions: How to Install the Excellent Aeon Nox SiLVO Skin

TV SHOW SCRAPING

The TVDB scraper

The default metadata scraper for TV shows is The TVDB. Basic set up applies and the only meaningful option involves the choice of a ratings system. It is recommended to choose IMDb ratings over The TVDB as these ratings have greater support and relevance.

Basic TV Folder Structure:

(Folder) TV Show -> (Folder) Season 1 -> (File) TV Show S01E01

TV Shows:
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Season #:
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TV Show S##E##:
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Further Reading:

TV Show Naming Conventions

MOVIE SCRAPING

Universal Movie Scraper

The Universal Movie Scraper is the flagship Kodi scraper for movies. This add-on is not installed by Kodi but is recommended due to its deep customization. For example, it is the only movie scraper that properly scrapes IMDb Top 250 ratings.

The Universal Movie Scraper is found in the Kodi Add-on repository and can be accessed via the Add-on manager:
  1. Settings
  2. Add-ons
  3. Install from repository
  4. Kodi Add-on repository
  5. Information providers
  6. Movie information
  7. Universal Movie Scraper
Universal Movie Scraper:
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Basic Movie Folder Structure:

(Folder) Movie (Year) -> (File) Movie (Year)

Movie (Year) folders:
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Movie (Year):
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Further Reading:

Movie Naming Conventions

Adding Media Source Flags to Filenames:

In addition to standard file naming conventions, it is possible to add specific keywords ("tags") to filenames to change the source of media flags displayed by Kodi. For example, by default, the source flag reads and returns the video codec of each file (e.g. H264). By adding specific keywords, the source flag can be modified to better reflect the actual source of the rip: DVD, BLURAY, HDDVD, HDTV, iTunes, etc.

Adding a known tag to a filename such as BLURAY returns a unique media flag.

Complete List of Media Source Flags Read by Kodi

Adding a Source Flag - 50.50 (2011).BLURAY:
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ADDING VIDEO SOURCES

With proper naming conventions and folder structure, it is possible to add media sources to your library. This topic is explained in detail in the Kodi Wiki. Remember to adjust Settings for the The TVDB and Universal Movie Scraper before scraping.

Adding Video Sources

Configuring SMB File Sharing in Windows 10:
VIDEO LIBRARY BACKUP

It is a good idea to back-up your video library on an ongoing basis. This is especially important if you have gone through the library and applied custom artwork to specific titles. Library exports will maintain this customization even if the library is somehow lost.

Library exports store individual artwork and .nfo files, which contain custom artwork choices and other metadata in the same folder as the TV show or movie. This essentially makes your Kodi video library portable and simple to transfer to fresh instances of Kodi without losing any previous customization.

All media drives must be configured for Write access to allow exported content to be saved and overwritten. Note: NFOs generated by Kodi can be read by other media frontends such as Emby Server.

Exporting the library as separate files is best to maintain compatibility of the library with fresh Kodi installations.

Exporting the Video Library

TV Show folder after Library Export:
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Movie folder after Library Export:
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AUTOMATIC FILE RENAMING AND MANAGEMENT TOOLS

Supplementary tools are available to assist in managing your media library. These tools are particularly desirable for monitoring folders for new content and automatically renaming and moving content to the media folders. 

Supplementary Media Management Tools

OTHER IMPORTANT KODI CONCEPTS
 
RECOMMENDED ADD-ONS
 
SOME OF THE BEST CURRENT KODI SKINS (as of v18 Leia):
 
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